Nokia N8 Set For Q3 Launch

Nokia has taken the wraps off the N8, its latest Smartphone, which is set to launch in the UK during the third quarter of 2010, at an estimated retail price of €370 (£320).

The Symbian^3-powered device offers support for gestures including multi-touch, flick scrolling and pinch-to-zoom. It also offers multiple personalisable homescreens which can be loaded with applications and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture build into Symbian^3 takes full advantage of the Nokia N8’s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also allows more applications to run in parallel.

Other features include a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash, and a built-in editing suite. The handset also offers Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels including CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic, with additional UK-focused Web TV content also available from the Ovi Store.

The handset comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigate, and is also social networking-friendly. Users can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The device is also the first to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment designed o make it easier to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms.  Nokia has also made the Nokia Qt SDK available, in beta form.